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post #421 of 2304
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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post
 

Ultimately, you are wondering if a $299 retail Dac/Amp can bring the HD800 to full bloom.....

 

 

No....

 

 

It is a nice portable choice though. Considering I am running the HD800's through a fully tricked out Wyred 4 Sound DAC2 DSDse with Femto clock and a Cary SLI-80 fully modded out to F1 specs, the GO1000 cannot compete with that rig. However, I am not in the habit of taking those pieces on the road. The geek fits nicely in the backpack. More time with the HD800's is a good thing.

 

YMMV.....

 

:beerchug:

 

Haha!  So THAT'S what it takes to make an HD800 sound good!   (No wonder mine sounds so bad!)

 

:beerchug:

post #422 of 2304
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Quote:
Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post
 

Ultimately, you are wondering if a $299 retail Dac/Amp can bring the HD800 to full bloom.....

 

 

No....

 

 

It is a nice portable choice though. Considering I am running the HD800's through a fully tricked out Wyred 4 Sound DAC2 DSDse with Femto clock and a Cary SLI-80 fully modded out to F1 specs, the GO1000 cannot compete with that rig. However, I am not in the habit of taking those pieces on the road. The geek fits nicely in the backpack. More time with the HD800's is a good thing.

 

YMMV.....

 

:beerchug:

 

Haha!  So THAT'S what it takes to make an HD800 sound good!   (No wonder mine sounds so bad!)

 

:beerchug:

I don't know it that is what it takes....But it doesn't hurt! :D

post #423 of 2304
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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post

Send an E-mail to Manny  at cs@lhlabs.com

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Thank you for placing an Order with us here at LH Labs for a Geek Out. We will begin shipping pre-orders in the first week of May. You will receive an email with tracking information once the unit leaves the facility. Thank you.

Thanks!
post #424 of 2304
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Originally Posted by zilch0md View Post
 
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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post

Send an E-mail to Manny  at cs@lhlabs.com

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Thank you for placing an Order with us here at LH Labs for a Geek Out. We will begin shipping pre-orders in the first week of May. You will receive an email with tracking information once the unit leaves the facility. Thank you.

Thanks!

Glad to help. I had to ask a few questions myself.

post #425 of 2304

Hi man, I'm in the UK, mine are on the way, can't wait no longer!!! Have you tried them with IEMs by any chance? What's is it like?  

post #426 of 2304
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Originally Posted by LightBrightSZ View Post
 

Hi man, I'm in the UK, mine are on the way, can't wait no longer!!! Have you tried them with IEMs by any chance? What's is it like?  

I have used the GO1000 with my JH Audio JH16 Freq Phase CIEM's and it is a good match. The one thing to remember is that this is a powerful Class A amp and you want to make sure thou have the correct volume levels before you put the CIEM's in your ears. It could be very loud!

post #427 of 2304

Good!! Can't to wait give it a hear with my UM Mentor... :etysmile:

post #428 of 2304
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Originally Posted by longbowbbs View Post
 

I have used the GO1000 with my JH Audio JH16 Freq Phase CIEM's and it is a good match. The one thing to remember is that this is a powerful Class A amp and you want to make sure thou have the correct volume levels before you put the CIEM's in your ears. It could be very loud!

I agree!!

 

I made the mistake of set JRiver to "application volume" and when I put a DSD file which JRiver bitstreams, the volume went on full blast!!  It was painfully loud! my ears hurt for a while after that!!  

 

Take care of your ears!! They are what let us enjoy this hobby!! :o

post #429 of 2304

Even with a GO450 I wasn't paying attention and blasted my ears - really gotta be careful with this thing!

post #430 of 2304
Yeah! A 450 is what I have too
post #431 of 2304

After receiving my GO450 today, I sat down for some critical listening.  Within the first 5 minutes, I blasted my ears 3 times.  This volume control implementation is TERRIBLE.  Love the SQ but I'm ditching this thing because my ears are too important to destroy.

post #432 of 2304
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Originally Posted by mtruong34 View Post
 

After receiving my GO450 today, I sat down for some critical listening.  Within the first 5 minutes, I blasted my ears 3 times.  This volume control implementation is TERRIBLE.  Love the SQ but I'm ditching this thing because my ears are too important to destroy.


this is really concerning to me. anyone else dealing with this?

post #433 of 2304
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Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
 


this is really concerning to me. anyone else dealing with this?

 

Guys, the volume implementation of Geek Out is not terrible. It's just different from most other DACs. I posted the behaviour of GO's volume control a few posts back. You can check it out here: http://www.head-fi.org/t/677263/light-harmonic-geek/675#post_10488024

 

If you are a Mac user, you may want to check out this setup guide too: http://geek.lhlabs.com/force/geekout/1040-geek-101-macintosh-set-up-guide.html

 

And here's the user manual for Geek Out (yes, GO has a user manual, despite a very simple one): http://geek.lhlabs.com/downloads/Geek_Out_User_Manual_Version_2014_04_08.pdf

 

Hope you can give GO a little more time before deciding to let go this wonderful gem.

post #434 of 2304

Logically, one would either control volume by OS or buttons - a) set OS at 100%, adjust with GO buttons  b)  set GO at 100% and adjust OS volume.  It wouldn't make much sense to set intermediate values for each.  For safety reasons, option a) is out of the question.  Therefore, the only viable option is b).  In my opinion, that is a TERRIBLE implementation.  Design for 2 options, 1 option is potentially dangerous.

post #435 of 2304
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Originally Posted by mtruong34 View Post
 

Logically, one would either control volume by OS or buttons - a) set OS at 100%, adjust with GO buttons  b)  set GO at 100% and adjust OS volume.  It wouldn't make much sense to set intermediate values for each.  For safety reasons, option a) is out of the question.  Therefore, the only viable option is b).  In my opinion, that is a TERRIBLE implementation.  Design for 2 options, 1 option is potentially dangerous.

 

Like I mentioned, the implementation here is different from others. In many other DACs, we are advised to set the OS/player volume to 100% in order to preserve as much digital information as possible and then adjust the volume using the DAC's volume control (if the DAC has physical volume control).

 

With the Geek Out implementation, the OS volume control and DAC volume control basically control the same volume setting, which is the Master volume. However, the OS volume control can be considered as primary control and Geek Out as secondary control where priority is given to the OS volume control. Eg. If you set the OS volume to 50% and then further adjust the volume on Geek Out to 55%, the changes will only affect Geek Out internal volume setting but the OS volume level will not change to reflect the new volume setting. However if you later adjust the OS volume from 50% to 51%, Geek Out volume will always follow the OS volume level and set it 51%. This is because Geek Out will always retrieve the latest volume setting from OS whenever there are changes or power cycle.

 

The key here is you don't set any volume to 100%. I will recommend you to always use the OS volume setting only unless you need finer adjustment of the volume setting, then you can use Geek Out volume button to do the minor adjustment. ;)

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